L/S Michael Quinn
A Mass was held on Sunday 31st January at St.Mary's Church Drogheda to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the heroic attempt by 2 crew from LE Deirdre to rescue Spanish Seamen on a striken Fishing Vessel on rocks off Banrty. Despite this attempt in dreadful weather conditions L/S Michael Quinn RIP DSM lost his life.
Fortunately Seaman Paul Kellett DSM was washed ashore and struggled through fields onto the country road.

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Paul Kellett DSM
Cllr. Michael O'Dowd (Mayor) Mr. Ildefonso Castro (Deputy Head of Mission at the Spanish Embassy)) Lt.Cdr Terry Ward (Naval Service), Tommy Kavanagh (President Naval Association) Chris Reynolds (Irish Coast Guard) Superintendant Gerry Smyth (Garda Siochana), Lt.Sean Earley (NSR)
Colour Party (front) Hugh O'Neill and Conor Galvan (Back)Sean Byron (Waterford) Declan Pendred, Roy Glynn

Celebrant Fr. Denis Nulty PP
Paul Kellett DSM escorted Michael Quinn's family into the Church. In attendance was Michael's brother Peter, sisters Angela, Kathleen and Margaret, plus nephews Andrew and Niall and Grandniece Jodi. Angela and Joachim, Margaret and Gerry.

Paul Kellets Family

Local Councillors Fergus O'Dowd T.D., Thomas Byrne T.D. and Senator James Carroll.

Also represented was

  • Members of the Naval Service
  • Waterford Branch Naval Association
  • ONET,
  • Irish Coast Guard (Drogheda)
  • Boyne Fisherman's Rescue and Recovery Service.
  • Louth Civil Defence
  • 67 Infantry Army Reserve
  • Representatives Drogheda Port
  • RNLI (Clogherhead Lifeboat)
Following the Mass the Naval Associated invited all 85 guests and representatives to dinner at the D Hotel in Drogheda.